The is the first complete monograph on the dose-response data sets and models for use in quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) posed by infectious agents in all environmental media.
The monograph is a compilation of the dose-response analyses of experimental data sets which have been placed on the QMRAwiki as a result of work from Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) investigators. SEE the Dose response tab.
While the QMRAwiki will be online and available for free, the ability to have a compendium of the dose-response models in a hard copy or as a pdf may be valuable for classes and other investigators who work in the QMRA field. Both formats are available for a nominal fee which is being used to support the updating, printing, and formatting activities.
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The monograph is divided into two parts: Volume I includes all the data for dose-response models for bacteria Volume II includes the data for prions, parasites and viruses.
Recent highly-publicized infectious disease outbreaks in the United States and abroad have engendered mounting political pressure to require the use of quantitative techniques in the assessment of the risks of human exposure to an array of microorganisms. While traditional indicator methods for pathogen assessment and control have always left much to be desired, it is only with the advent of modern microbial methods that it is now possible to establish rigorous testing protocols for infectious agents comparable to those in place for chemical agents and other contaminants. Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment equips environmental and public health professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to comply with the rapidly growing demand for quantitative evaluation of pathogens.
The monograph and the QMRAwiki has been authored by an interdisciplinary team of experts from the fields of environmental engineering and microbiology. This is the first comprehensive guide to state-of-the-art quantitative microbial risk assessment methods. It provides you with:
- Exhaustive coverage of potential infectious agents and their modes of transmission.
Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment is an important working resource for professionals in the fields of environmental health, environmental engineering, public health, and microbiology. It is also an excellent graduate-level text for students of those disciplines.
We would like to acknowledge the following whose work has made this possible: Dr. Kyle S. Enger, Dr. Sushil Tamrakar, Dr. Yin Huang, and in particular Ms Rebecca Ives. This work was supported as part of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA), a Cooperative Center of Excellence funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security under U.S. EPA Grant R-83236201. Opinions do not reflect official policy of either U.S. EPA or DHS.